This iPhone camera trick will transform your selfies


A selfie in default mode (left) versus a selfie with the front mirror camera enabled (right).

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Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, iOS 15.1, is now available for download (and iOS 15.2 is just around the corner). The iOS 15 update brought features such as ProRes for iPhone 13 Pro
and an improved version of QuickTake for iPhone. But smaller camera function can make the biggest difference for your need selfie: a setting called Mirror Front Camera.

Read on for everything you need to know about the Mirror Front Camera feature and how to use it to enhance your selfie game.

What exactly does the mirror front camera mean?

You may have already come across this setting in your camera preferences and wondered what it is. When you turn it on and switch to your front camera, it takes a photo that is your mirror image, instead of flipping it over like the camera usually does. Some people find it shocking because the photo you take does not match the image you see in the viewfinder.

In the end, it might not change your selfie much, but some people may prefer the more familiar inverted version of your face that you see in the mirror. Just keep in mind that other people – who mostly don’t see your face in a mirror – might find these selfies a bit weird, as this is a reverse version of what they’re used to. to have to.

How to use the Mirror Front Camera feature on your iPhone

With iOS 14 installed, the Mirror Front Camera setting is disabled by default. Here’s how to activate it:

Go to Settings > Camera. Under Composition, to fall over Front mirror camera to. Go back to your camera app, turn the camera to face yourself, and take a selfie. The saved image will appear as you see yourself in the mirror, instead of being flipped as usual. Note that your front camera automatically mirrors the viewfinder of the front camera, so this setting only affects the image saved in your photo library.

Here you can see the side-by-side comparison of a regular selfie and one taken with the mirror front camera enabled.

IOS 14 Camera Mirror Selfies

iOS 14 gives you the choice of mirroring your selfies (right) or keeping them inverted (left).

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You can follow the same instructions to turn off the mirror front camera and revert to the default selfie setting.

For more information, see how to FaceTime with Android users in iOS 15, IOS 15 settings to change and everything we know about the iOS 15.2 beta.

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